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    Hôtel des Affaires étrangers/Muni Library

    by gwened Updated Dec 28, 2013
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    Favorite thing: This is an often overlook building very near the palace/museum of Versailles. I meandered around the Streets for many years as it was my home.
    I like to give a brief story of an important building and hoping that you will come again and visit more than the palace.

    The building of the Hôtel des affaires étrangers( done by Louis XV), now housing the Municipal Library of Versailles sits at 5, rue de l'independance Americaine, (very near the palace).

    a bit of information on the Library
    The Gallery on the first floor of the library which housed the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has kept its original decoration since the 18C. Its 7 rooms in enfilade recall time where was being prepared the Treaty of American independence, where ancient books have replaced archival boxes. The paintings of Bachelier, evoke the view of France to the exterior, the overdoor present major European cities.
    Open to the public during the days of heritage, exhibitions or special events of the library, the Gallery can be visited by contacting the Tourist Office. [2A avenue of Paris - Tel: (33) 1 39 24 88 88]. The Gallery is the old part see below on the American history.
    It preserves and also allows the consultation on-site:
    100,000 books previous to 1811, manuscripts of music from the 17C to the 19C, an additional collection of manuscripts, prints, maps and layouts related to the history of Versailles and the Seine and Oise(old deparment name before change to Yvelines dept 78).

    For normal visits, the info is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, as follows:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 14h-19h ;
    Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10h-18h ;
    Fridays from 14h -18h, Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays
    the direct email is at bibliotheque@versailles.fr
    the official webpage of the Library is at
    http://www.bibliotheques.versailles.fr/Statique/

    the tourist office of the city of Versailles in English
    http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/en/discoveries/heritage-palace-city/other-places-to-see/hotel-des-affaires-etrangeres.html

    A bit of history
    This was created by king Louis XV when the foreign affaires and navy headquarters were transfered here in 1762. It was in this building that the preparation for the intervention of France in the American independance war from 1778 took place. After the departure of volunteers to fight with the American rebels led by the marquis de Lafayette against the wishes of the king pushed by his adviser and minister of foreign affaires Count Vergennes. Finally, they were convinced thanks to the actions of Lafayette, and the first French military naval force with 16 ships sailed on in 1779 Under the command of Admiral d'Estaing.

    This force was not enough, France sent the following year or 1780 a military marine convoy of led by Count de Rochambeau ,accompany by a naval escort of a total of 49 ships! A final push was done in 1781 with another naval force to fight English interests in America and India. These expéditions force England to capitulate and stop the war in the Americas.

    Due to the great effort given by France in helping the Americans obtained their independance, the treaty of peace between England and the USA was done at this building, that confirmed the free total independance of the Unites States and recognise worldwide their independance gained in 1776. This event marked a glorious moment for the French navy in proving its powerful capabilities beyond their areas of influence.

    It is this help known by many historians, that may have cause the events of the French revolution in 1789,and even Louis XVI mentioned that the help given by a monarchy to a republic against another monarchy could have been detrimental in forcing the thinking of the French of the ideas of democracy, liberty, egality etc.the debate rages on.

    nevertheless, it was several hundreds years later in 1917, that an American general by the name of Pershing landed in France to help the French free themselves of the invading Germans, mentioning the now famous words; "Lafayette, WE ARE HERE" payback time.

    Fondest memory: visiting the Library of course, reading and been surrounded by history, and attending the special event to see the gallery and connect with my American side.

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    les Octrois or tax doors of Versailles

    by gwened Written Dec 20, 2013
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    Favorite thing: The old tax entry doors from Paris to Versailles, are a reminder that in royal period, one must pay to get to Versailles and folks did pay to come in !

    Remains of a defunct tax and last witnesses of the ancient boundaries of Versailles, two pavilions for the granting of admission to the city lies at the beginning coming in of the avenue de Paris , and still deeply anchored in the urban landscape of the city, forming the most symbolic of the entrance gates to the Royal City.

    Built in 1824 on the orders of the marquis de la Londe, "Mayor of the 3rd District of Seine-et-Oise", buildings and iron gates that spanned the entire width of the avenue were then assigned to the service of granting or octrois.
    The Arbour on the left from Paris contained the office of perception, while the right one was assigned to the housing of employees. In the Middle, two central doors allowed them to monitor day and night transit and collecting the amount of applicable taxes. These last of course are no longer there.

    Main resource of Commons, this tax since 1748, according to their weight or their quantity, all goods, materials, products, livestock or food entering the city. Two pavilions were built identically on both levels and quality stone; the floor was supported by pilasters side and crowned with a pediment in accordance with the neo-classical standards of the time.
    This facility was also not the only at Versailles, far from it, since to be sure control of all passages, the city had made closing the main access roads to the municipality by other barriers, including on avenue de Picardie, street construction sites and the boulevard de la République.

    Hindering the development of a modern economy and poorly accepted by the population, the grant will be finally removed by municipal by-law in February 1943 and replaced by the increase in local taxes on retail sales and the services.

    Even if the local mayor wanted to get rid of them, the National government won and did good to preserve the pavilions , absence of the grids which will all disappear. It should, however, until the early 1980s that awards are made available to two associations, namely the Association Culture and library for all (ACBT) and the National Association of the wives of military personnel (ANFEM). As the famous crossroads, it was redesigned in 1993 taking into account these specific architectural features...

    A unique building still standing in royal Versailles

    Fondest memory: I had to stop my car and walk nearby to take the pictures, as past by it many times marvel at it and move on, well needed to capture this in photo some day. memories of my Versailles.

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    Cinema in Versailles

    by gwened Written Apr 1, 2013
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    Favorite thing: But of course we have movies done here, plenty of them,so for the movie goer in me and you here are some of the best from Versailles.

    Its recorded to have 230 films done in the city over time. It is an important place in the history of cinema. Also, 15 foreign movies were done here mostly Americans but also German, Italian,English,Japonese such as Lady Oscar 1979 by Jacques Demy.

    Si VErsailles m'était conté, 1954 of Sacha Guitry (if Someone tells me about Versailles)
    It had one of the greatest casting of all times with Jean Marais, Bourvil, Edifh Piaf, Charles Vanel,Orson Welles,Jean Louis Barrault, Brigitte Bardot,Gaby Morlay etc.

    Beaumarchais ,l'insolent 1996 or Marie Antoinette 2006 of Sofia Coppola.
    By districts we have at Saint Louis; Pot-Bouille 1957, novel of Emile Zola. done in rue Saint honoré and d'Anjou and carré Saint Louis. La Recreation, 1960 rue Edouard Charton and Hasard. Dix-huit ans aprés of 2001 done in rue du maréchal Joffre and boulevard de la reine.
    Le Vampire de Dusseldorf 1964, showing the rue Hardy, du Marché-Neuf, de L'Occident, Des Tournelles, and the cathedral saint Louis. 588 rue Paradis 1992 with claudia Cardinale, Omar sharif, and Richard Berry and also, Mille millards de dollars 1982,and Corniaud 1964 ave Bourvil and louis de Funés done at the rue de l'independance Americaine. Scenes from Arséne Lupin contre Arsene Lupin 1962, and Comment j'ai tué mon pére 2000.

    The district of Notre Dame had Nouveaux aristocrates 1961 done at the lycéé Sainte Geneviévre where the streets shown were rue du marechal Foch, rue de la paroisse, rue des resérvoirs, place hoche, boulevard de la reine,avenue saint cloud, boulevard saint antoine, place de la loi or avenue du général Mangin. Also, Les Grandes Manoeuvres 1955 and le Repas des fauves 1963 also par place St symphorien and the Profil bas 1993 on the marché de Notre Dame.

    It were films in the palais de justice such as Landru 1962, 5 place A Mignot 1921, Violette Noziére 1979, La Vie, l'amour, la mort 1968, l'Aventure ,c'est l'aventure 1971 with lino ventura and jacques brel, and Chiens perdus sans collier 1955.

    At the hotel de ville, you have Hibernatus 1969 and la bande à bonnot 1968, Taxi 1997. at the hôtel Trianon Palace, you have the films Sous le signe du taureau 1968, India Song 1974, and Betty 1991,and finally Les anges gardiens 1995.

    The théatre Montansier saw La mariée était en noir 1967, as well as Madame Bovary 1990 , and Roman Polanski, La Jeune fille et la mort 1194.

    The hôte des affaires étrangeres or the foreigh affairs ministry building saw done Fusillé à l'aube 1950, !souffle au coeur 1970 inside the lycée saint jean de Béthune. Feu Follet 1963,and Garde à vue 1981 and Versailles 2008. And the trilogy of local Bruno Podalydés Versailles rive gauche 1992, dieu seul me voit-Versailles chantiers 1998, Bancs publics-Versailles rive droite 2009, and Versailles rive gauche 1993.

    The cinemas of Versailles are of history too. in 1912 the first casino cinema at 2 rue jean houdon. Lasted until 1979. After it was named Eden, then palace cinema then Dauphin (1946-1963) and finally the C2L

    Second cinema was the Pathé palace at 2 rue saint simon in 1913, then the select cinema,then Kursaal in 1925,finally the Roxane in 1990.

    Same time at 8 avenue de Sceaux by the impasse des cheveau-légers we saw L'Alhambra opening in 1913. It lasted until 1970. Early in the 1920's we saw the Eden Palace at 30bis rue Rémont, then reopen in 1947 at district Porchefontaine in 1947 with the name l'ideal later Le Club at 11 rue Coste.

    The Cyrano came to be in 1928 at 7 rue Rameau, one of the biggest and nicest cinema in France.2000 seats!!! It serve as the avant prémier of the Olympia at ¨Paris. Finally the Cyrano was subdivided into 8 rooms in 1973.

    After WWII open some such as le Cercle part of the cercle Catholique at 15bis rue de Limoges,and Le Foyer at 4 impasse des gendarmes. This closed door in 1975. Another cinema opens in 1955 at 73 rue du maréchal Foch but it closes in 1987.

    Today the Cyrano stays supreme in Versailles, as well as as Roxane. Then you have the newer at Parly II shopping center in Le Chesnay (bus 19) as the best places to see a film in the city. You can see the all here
    http://www.cinema-versailles.com/

    Fondest memory: watching a movie at cyrano is even historical and wonderful, oen of a kind event. Great memories with the family and another alternative while visiting Versailles.

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    The water of Versailles

    by gwened Written Apr 1, 2013
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    Favorite thing: well yes the water, you seem them at the castle sprouting from every fountain,
    day and night, but it was once the case where water here was scarse,and the great machine de Marly was invented,and irrigations, and wells and pumps to bring it here. Now, will tell you some of my beloved Versailles and of course need to put my tourist cap to take pictures lol!

    Right by the boulevard de la Reine there was once a lake call étang de Clagny to bring the water from the marshes or marais Versaillaises. The first construction was a tour or tower of water done in 1665 right by where it is now 7 rue des Réservoirs facing rue Carnot that for this reason was call rue de la Pompe (or pump). There was a lead reservoir wth a capacity of 100 m3, it feds the fountains in the castle but found small and replaced in 1685. Then it was built the reservoir still there today at the same address....you see a solid wall just alongside the castle , but they are there covered by this wall lol!!! They are two huge fountains of water underground that still play a pivotal role in the waters of the festivities of the Grandes Eaux musicales etc...you can see them by special permission ::)

    This one is close to the castle too at rue du Peintre Lebrun, in much bigger at 1200 m3 fo water the tank was made of copper loaded on 13 pylons of more than 13 meters high, they received the water of the reservoir of Montbauron. Later the tank was eliminated but the water of the reservoir still lasted working for a century more;;; YOu can tell by the inscription on the building near the castle on rue Robert Cotte "service des eaux" , the house looks like its inhabitable with windows like a house but its not,now you know.

    Right by my district Notre Dame, built in 1683 you have the pavillon des sources that feed the fountains in the castle too. The waters come from the sources far away at Bailly and Le Chesnay, collected in a cuve of copper with elevations to let the water runs down. The house its call, also, pavillon des fontainiers or fountain people house, it is today empty but sits there. It is at 11 rue Carnot.

    You have the beforemention, reservoir Montbauron, this were at the butte or hill Montbauron; Louis XIV made built five fountains here to extract water down to the city. However, only two were done. The aqueduct de Louveciennes and the reservoir de Picardie. Between the two a wall or mur wad done called the wall of Montreuil. Built and later destroyed to make the installations underground after 1737. These continue to feed water and supply the town until 1980. Now the water is pump from the nappe de Croissy.

    The reservoir de Picardie already mentioned above; takes place from the 18C when Versailles had a big water shortages. The water came from the machine de Marly done in 1678-85 to provide water to Versailles. To help it was decided to build a reservoir on top of the butte or hill of Picardie in 1764. This reservoir serve the city until 1964 and provided water until 1970. It is now the parking of the University Versailles-Saint-Quentin!

    The pavillon des filtres or filter house that was built on the avenue des etats unis in the year 1780 to filter water before entering into the reservoir de Picardie was used until 1964 and restore in 1995,you can see up avenue des Etats Unis still today.

    To feed the fountains of the castle under Louis XIV we had the lake of Clagny but not enough. the lake or étangs Gobert were created. It was a network of interior lakes done in 1679, they were natural and aritificial lakes, on the south of Versailles, on the lakes of today Saclay, Orsigny, Villiers, Trou Salé, du Pré Clos. All were linked together to re direct the water to the aqueduct de Buc and then the reservoir gobert at the end of avenue de sceaux. On the sides of the avenue de Sceaux you had the reservoir Gobert with an old water fountain at square Francine (see entry on ecuries stables); it was done in the 19C after the dryness of lake de Porchefontaine, it is 28 meters in diameter and was finally eliminated in 1954 and replace by a garden. A passage was done by the city to link it with the district of Saint Louis, and Chantiers, call the passage des étangs Gobert.

    We had the reservoir Pluyette, built in 1766, in the middle of the market Saint Louis. With a system of underground canalisations this building received the waters from the Seine raise by the machine de Marly and place on the aqueduct de Louveciennes all the way to the reservoir de Picardie. To provide water to the fountains in the city and the population. This house was disinfected and now houses the municipal services of housing. While the fountain in the middle of the carré saint louis still works with city water since 1982.

    The étang de la martiniére, created lake in 1668 on the butte or hill of Satory, the waters coming from the étang du val and river Biévre that ran below the hill of Satory. The water was raised by windmills to reach the lake or étang de la Martiniére. Canals took the water to the castle and on the underground of the lake eau des Suisses (facing the Orangerie at castle) and raised again by suck air system to the terraces of the castle. Not far from this lake you find at the end the vestiges of the parc Louis XIV, it was against this wall that the Communards were executed upon their judgement at Versailles in 1871.

    The Fontaine des Nouettes, in the district of Porchafontaine, was done probably in the middle ages, the waters were raise on the rue de Marivel and it is known as the rue de l'Etang. It was these waters that the doctor of the children of the court judge rich in iron and it was consume by many Princes and court folks at the time. One of them still exist, the fontaine des nouettes, the water now is not drinkable, but it is a nice walk to take anyway.

    I close my water circuit with one of my favorite places in Versailles. La piéce d'eau des suisses. right across from the Orangerie in the castle you can see it and go out by the 100 marches steps to rue de l'orangerie or road N10. It was carved out between 1679 and 1682 by a regiment of the Gardes Suisses that left their name(body guards of the king). I
    t is 13 hectares or 32 acres,and allows to ffeed the water to tthe potager du roi. At the end of the lake you find a statue by Bernin representing king Louis XIV in a horse, transformed into an antique heroe so not to be king anymore. Lovely and a very romantic place too.

    Fondest memory: walking amongst history in every corner with a distintive Versailles twist of grandeur and beauty, its marvelous.

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    The districts or neighborhoods of Versailles

    by gwened Written Mar 31, 2013
    to Chantiers rue des Etats Generaux
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    Favorite thing: visitors come here by the millions but they cluster around the castle palace museum of Versailles. The city has a lot more than a castle so I will try to tell you a bit more about my old home of 10 years.

    The city has a special district , you guess it ,its the castle call the Instance du Chateau. The whole area covers 874 hectares or about 2159 acres; going from the limits of the city of Le Chesnay (my kids school was here), Rocquencourt, Saint Cyr l'école, Bailly and the other districts such as Notre Dame, Satory,and Saint Louis. here you have the Hôtel des reservoirs,the south and north wings of the Ministries, the Grande et petite Ecurie du Roi, Pavillon Massipe,Petit Contrôle (rue de l'independance Americaine) petite Orangerie, les Cent Marshes(stairs), piéce d'eau des Suisses (lake park) Grange du Mail, pavillons or buildings of Neptune, Dragon,Jambettes, and Petit Pont. It goes on into the adjacents buildings such as pavillon de la grille des Matelots, Trianons,Hameau de la Reine,porte saint antoine, etc etc.

    Then you have Chantiers (where is the other train station to montparnasse) clinique des Franciscaines, the new park garden of the étangs Gobert, windmills of VErsailles, church of sainte Elizabeth, Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs (declaration of rights of men and citizen) .

    Follow that up by mine ,yours truly, the great Notre Dame district, where the great marché de Notre Dame is located, as well as the church of NOtre Dame (whre the royals were baptised and married many future kings too), the city museum tracing many the history of the French revolution such as musée Lambinet, théatre Montansier, the stables or ecuries of the queen or reine, the famous place Hoche, boulevard de la Reine, avenue saint Cloud ,rue des reservoirs with the royals areas of Prés and Ermitage the train station rive droite (to gare saint lazare), prestigious old schools such as lycée Hoche, just dandy...

    District of Bernard de Jussieu, to the west of the city on the old marshes or marais of Versailles (really old old), like the Petit Bois, historical area classify. here you have the gare Montreuil never use by yours truly.
    You go next door to the district of Montreuil, this is royal, where the families who did not want to be seen in the noise and buzzle of the court put up their mansions, the district was annexed for that reason by the king in 1787. The popular rue Montreuil with lots of quaint nice shops of old, place d'isigny,rue Montbauron, and the church St Symphorien.

    District of Glagny-Glatigny, expanded by king Louix XIV still the same from rue Albert Joly and place de la Bréche to monument Pershing Lafayette at the end of the avenue des Etats Unis. The Chateau de Clagny was built in 1665 for the king's favorite Madame de montespan where today you see the train station rive droite (mine) At that time the parc de Clagny (where the osmothéque perfum museum is now) link thru the now rue du parc de Clagny to boulevard de la reine. The butte or hill of Picardie feds versailles with potable water then now its the university of Versailles-Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines. Here you find the church Jeanne d'Arc (built to thanks her for sparing Versailles in WWI!) and the synagogue de Versailles is here too. Many nice smaller garden with history such as square Houdon(the sculptor) square royal picardie, and jardin de la Maye.

    District of Porchefontaine, was known to be as a village within a city. Many single home mansions here,and the church saint MIchel. only 20 kms from the tour Eiffel ! the fountain or fontaine des Nouettes which around the first newspaper of Versailles who rode thing the revolution did not want to be told at the time was born, And it is here where the festivities of the Mois Moliére is held too as well as hotel de ville.

    District of Satory, near avenue Sceaux, southwest of the city, it is split by the road D91. Satory ouest is business zones such Renault Trucks and Citroên Sports companies, and Satory est a military field base for the ministry of Defense. All is at the rue Satory for shops and restos.

    and of course the other historical, district of Saint Louis, where the Cathedral is due to a compromise in the French revolution as Notre Dame was seeing too royal. The district is at the old section call parc aux cerfs or deers park that was the royal reserve for hunting of the kings at the castle. The quaint nice rue du vieux versailles, extension of Satory, du Général Leclerc,rue Royale as well as the Carré Saint Louis with its marché or market days is wonderful too. You can visit the convent des recollets, salle jeu de paume, hôtel des affaires étrangers (where the USA was recognise as a new nation with Benjamin Franklin present as US first ambassador to France), hôtel de la marine, blibliothéque municipale or municipal library(gorgeous) , hôtel de la guerre or war dept, Grand Commun (where the servants lived and now under renovation to open to the public soon).

    Fondest memory: walking its streets is to relive the story history of France perhaps more so than any other city. The Nation of France was born here.

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    Versailles 2013: the year of Andre Le Notre

    by gwened Updated Mar 31, 2013
    Hotel de Ville 2013 year of Le Notre
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    Favorite thing: Most now know who is Le Nôtre so I will cut short the introduction. He was born in Paris March 12, 1613 (birthplace site the Tuileries, the gardens!!!) ; and this year Versailles is celebrating the 400th anniversary of his birth with a year long celebration on his honor. There is so much missing on his life because most of the papers of his genie were lost over the periods,,,,!!! his family: André Le Nôtre is a son probably of grandchild of the gardeners of the Tuileries. His father, Jean, has the title since 1625 of plants and garden designer, and share the responsability with Claude 1er Mollet of the Tuileries gardens. His grandfather Pierre Le Nôtre, was in charge since 1572 of the upkeep of the terraces garden of the Tuileries. André Le Nôtre marries in 1640, Françoise Langlois, daughter of an artillery commissary of France, they have 3 kids, all died of early age. Moreover, the tradition continues because two of his sisters became gardeners too. Françoise marries Simon Bouchard, manager of the orangeries of the Tuileries, post that allows the bequest of their children in the same field. Elisabeth marries the gardener Pierre Desgots,that worked most notably at Chantilly, and their grandson Claude Desgots will be the next closest collaborator of André Le Nôtre. He learned the trade of designing by working for 6 years with the shop of Simon Vouet in the Louvre. It is here that he meets and befriend the painter Le Brun (later work with him at Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles). He, also, worked in the gardens of Luxembourg Paris, Palais-Royale Paris,and Fontainebleau. His hands are at work too at Trianon, Clagny, Maintenon, Saint-Cyr and maybe Marly. In the châteaux de Saint-Maur, Saint-Martin de Pontoise, Chaville, Louvois, Pontchartain ,and Conflans, as well as in the provinces such as Gaillon, Guermantes, Castries, Les Rochers, and so on and on….He started his work at Versailles by order of the King in 1662 next to Le Vau and Le Brun. The making of Versailles begins,and so the ever bright start of Le Nôtre raises to touch the heavens and stay there forever in the minds of all of us that admire this place so much.

    He lived on a house not far from the Pavillon de Marsan (building where today is the musee des arts décoratifs), and it is in this nearby house where he died on September 15 1700. He is buried at the nearby church Saint-Roch in rue saint honoré. Upon his death ,the local newspaper Mercure Galant said of him in 1700, (Trans) ” The king came to lose a man unique,and in love with is service to him, and a strong admireer of his own art, that had given him honor. It is Mr le Notre, general controller of buildings for his majesty , its gardens, and manufacturers of France….Never a man has given more of all that he has been able to give and contribute to the beauty of gardening…” The government of France has in the ministry of culture a space for him all alone in French, that is the honor of a good son, http://www.lenotre.culture.gouv.fr/index.html

    The Events, the city of Versailles celebrates the heroe of it all. 2013, will be activities all year around all over the city. Starting March 12 every month ,there will be something going on. webpage of city in French, http://www.versailles.fr/outils/agenda/agenda/article/lannee-le-notre-2013/ Some of these are:

    The beautification of the avenue de l’Europe, with a cyclable path along the sidewalks without interruption from the there at the ave saint cloud jonction to the avenue de Paris. The Esprit Jardin annually will be held 23 and 24 march in front of the Cathédrale Saint Louis. A litteral world of gardens right in the city, with animations and classes. There will be exposition in the main train stations such as Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, Chantiers.The Jardin des Senteurs at the cour des senteurs on april 25th right by the potager du roi. An exposition of floral art will be held April 18 at the Hotel de Ville.

    May 2013 continues with the renovation of the garden in the Maison des Musiciens Italiens as well as jointly with the SNCF to have bicycle paths from the train stations to visit the city on a vélo! it will criss cross the city and give you an opportunity to see more than the castle museum…At the hotel de ville, may 30 and 31 there will be small scale models of gardens of France. In front of the musée Lambinet on May 16 the students of the gardeners school will present a garden a la francaise in front of the museum! bd de la Reine.

    June, the great allée Le Notre, more often overlook by visitors, it is the extension of the castel envision by Le Nôtre, along the axe allée des Mortemets that goes to the eau des Suisses at the today caserne Pion almost at the doors of the city of Saint-Cyr-l’école right by the ferme de Gally,back back of the grand canal! A complete renovation in the gardens all dear to me such as Potagerdu Roi, parc Balbi, and domaine de Madame Elizabeth. On june 30, a guided tour of the Allée Royale in the castle will be done to explain in details this part of the gardens it will start from the bassin d’Apollon descending to the Grand Canal, and beyond into the Etoile Royale going to the communities dear to me such as the Saint-Cyr-l’école,Fontenay-le-Fleury, Rennemoulin, and Villepreux (road 307). This month will be the month Moliére so spectacles all over the city in the gardens with at the potager du roi, Alice in wonderland! see more here www.moismoliere.com

    July, The renovation of the gardens in the cimentaries of Versailles! including that of the Israelists. light activities because its summer and August we skip.

    September, october, november, the fall begins strong, opening of the gardens or jardin des étangs gobert, two old fountains that feeds the ones in the castle in the 17C! will be back operational on events of sept 14 and 15 it is at the extension of the avenue Sceaux in the district of Chantiers!The laberynth of Versailles will have a historic exposition on sept 14 to Dec 15, at the municipal library, ave de l’independance Americaine in the galerie des Affaires étrangéres on what was Le Nôtre thinking when he did this! A huge field of 38 fountains and 39 statues evoquing the dreams of Esope, disappearing in 1775 but many were found and preserve, and now showcase!!!not to missed !!! The famous Nuit Blanche or white night saturday October 5 under the title of night of creation or nuit de la Création; it will lit up the buildings of the école des beaux-arts, atelier numerique,académie international des arts du spectacle and the centre d’art contemporaine la Maréchalerie. The expo inside the museum Lambinet, of Anna Maria Tsakali, of Greek origin studied at he école nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, will have over 50 of her work on display for the first time in a museum! December 15, bd de la Reine.

    By the end of the year, it will open the magnificent long work done, and now finally will open, the gardens or jardins architecturés de l’ancien hôpital royal Richaud, the old royal hospital Richaud now a modern condo complex build around it but the central cupola and gardens were kept for all to continue enjoying this place ,wonderful by rue du marechal Foch and rue Richaud.

    Not to be outdone, the castle will be honoring too. From June 11 to october 31, Giuseppe Penone will have his sculptures in the gardnes of the palace museum. On october 22 the castle will showcase Le Nôtre and all he had done for it. they are ongoing and some already done restorations in the castle palace museum such as the bassin and parterre de Latone, Bosquet du Théatre d’eau, bassin des enfants dorés, and some wonderful sculptures will be back in the gardens for the first time in a very long time, awaiting impatiently for this!!! By June and July the spectacles will be at the top for le Nôtre, a prize for the garden books will be organise during the rdv aux jardins in the petit Trianon on june 1 and 2nd ,le prix Le Nôtre!

    It is still in French ,but all the information about the festivities will be here, as I only wrote the ones I think will be good, there will be plenty more. http://www.anneelenotre.fr/
    Enjoy Versailles, city of Kings and royal town of France!!!

    Fondest memory: see the work of Le Notre all over town,his mark is unmistakable and his legacy still rules today. Versailles is part of him and he is part of Versailles.

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    Misc of Versailles and not so much

    by gwened Written Mar 24, 2013
    walking my beat when all are out ::)
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    Favorite thing: These are some random photos wanted to share, and did not know where to put them, so here they are.

    Fondest memory: walk and walk its history all around you of France, Europe,and beyond. And its easy small town really, no sweats.
    So no 1 is André le Notre statue the great gardener of France, at rue jacques boyceau and ave saint cloud
    no 2 is JH Mansart, t he great architect of the king and Versailles at ave des Etats Unis
    No 3 marche notre dame rue ducis, from resto rue au pain
    no 4 marche notre dame, rue ducis, from rue au pain

    its all Versailles nice, enjoy walking it ,you will like it too. The tourist office can give you a walkers booklet to know the buildings

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    walk the declaration of the rights of man trail

    by gwened Written Mar 24, 2013

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    Favorite thing: well who said Versailles its only the castle, I lived there for almost 10 years and I can tell you its a lot more than a castle.

    This is a trail you would like to do once in the city from the usual suspect paris on the RER C at rive gauche, go left to avenue de sceaux, continue on it becoming Rue de la Chancellerie just edge of castle turn left into Rue des Recollets, quick right to rue Saint Julien and you are into the avenue de l'Independance Americaine, go to No 5 the hôtel des affaires étrangers or foreign affaires ministry, the archives of it and the navy were moved here in 1762, and from here France intervention in the war of American independance was planned. The French sent 16 warships in aide of the American revolutionaries under Admiral D'Estaing, and later sent regular army troops under Comte de Rochambreu witha a naval force of 49 ships. It was here n this building in Versailles that the peace treaties establishing American independance and recognising the 1776 Declaration of Independance were negotiated! This possibly help the French do their own revolution later on in 1789!!!

    from here go down on ave de l'independance americaine to the next street Rue du Vieux Versailles, taking a left here, than another left at rue du jeu de paume to the room of and serment of jeu de paume, it was built in 1686 and it was here on july 20th 1789 that the oath of the people been represented in the estates general assembly. Later it was remembered as the first turn in France towards democracy and the eradication of the nobles rights.
    you get around this building along rue de Fontaney into rue de Satory and on no 7 you see the librarie Blaizot, or bookshop, here the general librarian to the king pierre blaizot and geographic bookseller to the queen opened the shop in 1770. He establishe a reading library where folks can come in and read all sorts of books and periodicals in 1775, For the period when books were banned and such, he was given the task of looking out for those who were reading it by the king.

    From rue de satory you go back away from castle into a left into Rue du General leclerc and there you see the wonderful Cathédrale Saint Louis, of which I have a separate tip here.
    you go to end at rue royale and turn right to rue d'Anjou taking a left to the corner of this street Anjou and rue de l'Orient, where you will see the boulangerie de la rue d'Anjou or bakery, where a riot took place on september 13 1789 due to harshness of the winter and the uprising of the French revolution, the baker decide to raise his prices !!!he was put in jail for his own safety and the people burned and destroyed his bakery. The Flanders regiment was brought into VErsailles to bring about the peace in the city.

    taken this street rue d'anjou and passing the carré saint louis, you go to rue Edouard Charton and turn left, it becomes rue Edouard Lefébvre and eventually rue de l'assamblée nationale, on the left there is the Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs (tip already will be done apart). at the main entrance on 22 avenue de Paris, corner with assamblée nationale, the declaration of the rights of man was done that later serve as the basis for the French constitution.

    You come across avenue de Paris towards the chateau, but turn right at avenue de l'Europe crossing avenue de saint cloud ,and turning left on rue Carnot, at corner of these two streets saint cloud and carnot you have the café amaury and the club of breton deputies. builtin 1763; this was the place were the Bretons settle their ideas already fermented from their troubles back in the region; later other regions and nobles join them and from this Breton Club, grew after the october days the so called Club of the Friends of the Constitution. Later more commonly known as the Jacobins Club once it moved to Paris into a former convent of the dominicans or jacobins later on.

    You come to the musée Lambinet, whre the history of Versailles is kept and I have a separate tip here. Located at 54 blvd de la Reine or that is getting at the corner of saint cloud and carnot take a left into Rue du Maréchal Foch then a left on blvd de la Reine.

    From the museum a quaint way is to take the Rue le Notre right off it left of it actually, it continues on but changes name to rue Rameau and into Rue de la Paroisse take a right here to the collegiale de Notre Dame church (Ihave a separate tip on it here) They all gathered here nobles and common to march on into the cathedral of Saint Louis where a mass for the opening of the estates general was done in May 4 ,1789

    From here take straight with your back on the church and go to place Hoche take a right into rue carnot near corner with rue du peintre lebrun you have the hôtel de Noailles at 1 rue de Carnot, done in 18C from the illustrious family of Noailles relatives of the famous Marquis de La Fayette,where he stayed from returning from the USA; the king louis XVI had him imprisoned for 8 days for participating in the war without his permission. However, the most important event happenned on the 5:6 october 1789 where a mob from Paris was at the gates of the castle, the marquis de la fayette went up and confronted the crowds standing next to the king, and had them appease to return to Paris.

    From here we end our journey into historical Versailles by taking this rue du peintre lebrun towards the castle going around its usual entrance at place d'Armes (done in 1660's) same space as the pl de la concorde in Paris (8,5 hectares or about 21 acres) The regiment from Flanders were welcome for a grandiose dinner and this sparkled with the shortages of food in Paris, cause another march towards the castle by protesters. The king agreed to the declaration of the rights of man, but too late, the crowd stayed put. The crowd then surge the castle thru the queen's staircase and the family moved to Paris as well as the constitutional assembly

    Fondest memory: lots lots of memory walking these historical places that made my life here unique, now thanks to places like VT, it gives the point to share it and encourage others to come to this beautiful city and see more than the castle .

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    walk and be told the stories of Versailles

    by gwened Written Mar 24, 2013
    rue de deux portes into notre dame !!!
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    Favorite thing: this is a new service from the tourist office I find out, when living there it was not so I was the unofficial greeter for folks coming over even for VTers,now there are walks arrange with locals who do it as volunteers to show you the city

    These are local people who lives in the city,its callthe greeters service
    the tourist office is at 2bis avenue de Paris on your way to the chateau left hand side by the hotel pullman;
    email for the service
    greeters@ot-versailles.fr

    http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/en/greeters/greeters-home.html
    the tourist page on it

    Fondest memory: of course many, my kids grew up here, and we spent a wonderful almost 10 years, so doing what any resident would do in a hugely tourist city, seeing all these wonders around you, walking and driving by it

    driving by the chateau was unique with its cobble stones balancing my car lol!! and just when I left the city they have paved this side of the street wow!

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    Useful information

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Opening time:
    Low season
    From 1 November to 31 March

    Palace
    Every day except Mondays
    9 am - 5.30 pm
    Last admission: 5.pm - Ticket office closes at 4.50 pm

    Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate
    Every day except Mondays
    12 pm - 5.30 pm
    Last admission: 5 pm - Ticket office closes at 4.50 pm

    Garden and Park
    Every day except Mondays
    8 am - 6 pm

    High season

    From 1 April to 31 october

    Palace
    Every day except Mondays
    9 am - 6.30 pm
    Last admission: 6 pm - Ticket office closes at 5.50 pm

    Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate
    Every day except Mondays
    12 pm - 6.30 pm
    Last admission: 6 pm - Ticket office closes at 5.50 pm

    Garden
    Open every day
    8 am - 8:30 pm

    Park
    Open every day
    7 am - 7 pm for vehicles; 7 am - 8.30 pm for pedestrians

    Tickets and prices
    Passport
    To discover the Versailles Estate in all its glory, the Passport gives you admission to all the Palace tours : grounds, Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate. Musical Fountain Show, Musical Gardens (from april to october) and exhibitions are also included.
    18 €

    25 € on days of Grandes eaux musicales and jardins musicaux

    The Palace
    Discover the Palace's most famous places and the exhibitions

    The Palace's most famous places: the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments of the King and of the Queen, King's Bedchamber...

    The exhibitions are included in the price of the ticket.
    €15
    €13: reduced admission

    The ticket for the Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate
    The delicate, bucolic world of Marie-Antoinette, the grand Trianon of Louis XIV

    Grand Trianon and gardens of the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Queen's hamlet, French and Anglo-Chinese gardens, French pavilion, temple of Love...
    €10
    €6 : reduced admission

    Discover the hidden Versailles
    Guided tours in French and English

    Guided by a lecturer, you will discover the private apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Royal Opera or the Royal Chapel.
    These places are open only to accompanied groups.
    €16

    Fondest memory: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/discover-estate

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    Asslan v Haus Schiran in Versailles

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Our visits in many European cities have never happened if our dog Asslan v Haus Schiran and his participating in dog-shows in Germany.
    In particular, we probably would never have got to Versailles by our car, if the SV BSZS 2003 (World German Shepherd Dog-Show) did not pass in Ulm and FCI IPO World Championship didn’t pass in Wavre (Belgium) a week later.
    That’s why we had 4 free days before the championship and decided to spend them mostly in Paris and one day in Versailles. It will be forever associated with Asslan.
    We didn’t know if dogs are allowed in the park. And we decided to pretend of not knowing French and English when entering the territory. The guards tried to stop us but we pretended that we didn’t understand them and they didn’t opposed us coming inside the park.
    We had a wonderful walk along the park and Asslan loved it very much. Many visitors fell in love with Asslan and tried to take photos with him. When we waited for Irina in the park, while she was in the Palace, an Indian visitor came to us and asked many questions about our dog and told about her German shepherds in Mumbai.

    You can watch my 2 min 23 sec Video Asslan v Haus Schiran in Versailles out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Versailles in September of 2003

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    Favorite thing: In my first and second visits I was sorry that Irina couldn’t see this wonderful place. That’s why 8 years later when we happened to visit Paris with Irina and Asslan I arranged an excursion in Versailles.
    This time I didn’t visit the Palace and waited for Irina in the park when she explored it inside. I felt like at home and worked as a guide for Irina showing her the wonderful park, the Great and Small Trianons, the Village of the Queen.

    You can watch my 3 min 00 sec Video Versailles out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Versailles in November of 1995

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    Versailles - Lui-XIV
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    Favorite thing: Quite unexpectedly my second visit in Versailles occurred in three months after my first visit. It was my business trip in Berlin-Paris-Amsterdam. The organizers of my visit arranged an excursion to Versailles in the weekend when I was in Paris for about a week.
    It was a very pleasant meeting with the place that I fell in love quite recently.
    I visited the Palace once again and explored its exposition more closely.
    Though it was late November the weather was fine and I enjoyed the Park and the village of the Queen very much.

    You can watch my 1 min 48 sec Video Paris-Versailles out of my Youtube channel or here on VT,
    3 min 44 sec Video Versailles Palace part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT,
    1 min 42 sec Video Versailles Park part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Versailles in August of 1995

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    Favorite thing: I was fortunate to visit Versailles three times.
    For the first time it happened in August of 1995. It was my first trip in Europe when I had a 22-days voyage around France including naturally Versailles. Several years before I couldn’t even dream about such a trip. That’s why my impressions of Versailles, its Palace and Park exceeded all my expectations.
    You know we have in Russia a copy of Versailles in Peterhof near St Petersburg. I visited it many times and knew how French park must have been arranged. But what I saw in Versailles was something more ambitious.
    Three months later I saw Prussian copy of Versailles in Sanssouci, then I saw Bavarian copies in Munchen (Nymphenburg), Oberschleissheim, Herrenchiemsee. Another copy in Ludwigsburg (Baden Wuerttemberg) and many many more… But Versailles stands alone in its beauty and greatness.

    You can watch my 5 min 30 sec Video Versailles Palace out of my Youtube channel or here on VT
    and my 2 min 44 sec Video Versailles Park out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    My home -personal

    by gwened Written Dec 1, 2012
    the gang parents and sons.
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    Favorite thing: Ok on this cold grey day in Brittany now, I would put some personal photos of my house in Versailles and my late mother especially.
    Versailles its special grand royal, and will not be forgotten. LIke I said Versailles its a lot more than a castle.
    Looking forward to do the VT meeting here.

    Fondest memory: many to name walk the streets, see the monuments, shop, eat,and especially great family life. Tops!!!

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